It was brought to my attention the other day that some people actually say that Satan is honest and trustworthy and not God. These people actually take the word of God from Genesis and use it against God in their saying that in my words; Satan got a bad wrap and really didn’t do anything wrong because he was and is honest and God isn’t.
Well, let’s go through Genesis and see what we find about God’s and Satan’s honesty and trustworthiness. Starting with Genesis chapter 2, verses 16 and 17 where God gives Adam the commandment to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the midst of the garden in Eden.
The LORD God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17)
From this we know that God told Adam that “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely” yet only the tree of the knowledge of good and evil should not be eaten from and that eating from it will cause death. This was a clearly stated command from God for Adam to not eat from this tree. Note too that God also told plainly what the consequences would be if anything from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was eaten.
Notice that God did not say that death would come at the very exact time of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but that “for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” God was telling Adam that eating from this tree would cause death starting from the time anything from it was eaten and that Adam would die after eating from the tree.
As is today, we are only a breath, a heartbeat away from death. Adam at the time when God told him to not eat from that tree was not this way. Adam was created by God to be in the garden of Eden for as long as he did not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil without ever dying. Adam would have been alive and well forever if he were to not eat from that tree without ever knowing about death and dying. God was telling Adam that eating from this tree would change that and that he would start to die at the point of eating from that tree.
From these two verses in Genesis chapter two we see that God told Adam that he could eat freely from anything but that one tree and that eating from the sole forbidden tree would cause Adam to die. It is very clearly stated.
Skipping ahead to Genesis chapter 3, verses 1 through 5, we first encounter Satan. At that time the most crafty of the wild animals the Lord God had created was the serpent. Satan was at one time was the highest ranking angel in heaven before his rebellion against God. We find that Satan disguised as a serpent is talking with Eve, Adam’s wife.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, `You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, `You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.' "The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:1-5)
From the very introduction of Satan to us we find that he has distorted God’s word as he talked with Eve. Remember that God had said that anything could be eaten freely from the garden but only one tree was off limits. Satan’s dialog to Eve starts with; "Indeed, has God said, `You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" From this point we know beyond any doubt that Satan is deceitful in his ways as he has twisted God’s word in order to cause confusion and doubt.
Satan shows his deceitfulness with his changing God’s word from “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely” to Satan’s "Indeed, has God said, `You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" Satan has made a 180 degree change from what God had actually said.
After Eve’s reply to Satan’s 180 degree change of God’s word, Satan continues his deception when he contradicts God’s word again when he says; “You surely will not die!” Again, Satan went 180 degrees opposite God’s word to deceive. With this deception, Satan became a murder.
With Satan’s deceptive ways deceiving Eve into doubting God’s word, she ate from the only tree with which God said to not eat from as did Adam too. Through his alluring manner of deception, Satan murdered Adam and Eve by his lying and temptation of Eve to eat from the only tree in which she and Adam were to not eat from out of the garden in Eden.
The verdict is that Satan is a murderous deceitful liar beyond all doubt. You should not ever think that Satan is anything other than a murderous deceitful liar. If anyone ever tells you otherwise, that person is deceitful and a liar too.
You should stay away from anyone who says Satan is good or that he gives them power to accomplish anything. Satan is evil. Satan is the father of all lies. Satan is the prince of demons. He was cast out of heaven. Satan has only counterfeit power and signs and miracles.
Mark 3:22b – He's possessed by Satan, the prince of demons.
John 8:44 – For you are the children of your father the Devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and has always hated the truth. There is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Luke 10:18 – "Yes," he [Jesus] told them, "I saw Satan falling from heaven as a flash of lightning!
2 Corinthians 11:14 – But I am not surprised! Even Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 – This evil man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles.
Having accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior, you can overcome Satan’s temptation. Accepting Jesus as your savior gives you the strength to fight against your weaknesses so that Satan cannot overtake you.
The battle has already been fought and won by Jesus. It was first predicted in Genesis and then throughout the rest of the Old and New Testaments.
Genesis 3:15 – [God said] From now on, you [Satan] and the woman will be enemies, and your [Satan] offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He [Jesus] will crush your [Satan] head, and you [Satan] will strike his [Jesus] heel."
Revelation 20:10 – Then the Devil, who betrayed them, was thrown into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
You as a Christian still however need to be on guard for Satan. He is very crafty and deceptive. The best way to do it is by reading the word of God and study it every day. Satan has no power over you as long as you have accepted Christ and you know the word of God.
1 Peter 5:8 – Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.
2 Corinthians 10:4 – We use God's mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil's strongholds.
James 4:7 – So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
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